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Author Cole, Alison, author

Title Italian Renaissance courts : art, pleasure and power / Alison Cole
Published London : Laurence King Publishing, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (255 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color map
Contents The fifteenth-century Renaissance court -- Art and princely 'magnificence' -- The court artist -- Piety and propaganda : Naples under Alfonso of Aragon -- Arms and letters : Urbino under Federico da Montefeltro -- Varieties of pleasure : este Ferrara -- The art of diplomacy : Mantua and the Gonzaga -- Local expertise and foreign talent : Milan and Pavia under Ludovico 'Il Moro' -- A grander stage
Summary This fascinating study of Renaissance courtly art and culture in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy encompasses the most recent scholarship on the courts, court art and noble values. Alison Cole not only considers the role of artists, but explores the distinctive uses to which art was put at the courts, from the smaller duchies and princely courts of Ferrara, Mantua and Urbino to the larger courts of Naples and Milan. The social, intellectual and artistic milieu of each court is brought vividly to life, along with the complex personalities of the rulers, their relationships with the civic and ecclesiastical authorities, and the role of court women as patrons of the arts. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary texts and visual material, Cole paints a rich picture of the these extraordinary courts in the moment of their greatest brilliance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 250-252) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Art, Renaissance -- Italy.
Courts -- Italy -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1780679858 (electronic bk.)
9781780679853 (electronic bk.)